Korean People's Navy (KPN)
Surface Combatants | Undersea Fleet
On paper, the Korean People's Navy may impress but a deeper look into complete fighting capabilities reveals a force limited by age and local manufacturing capabilities. The submarine force features elements nearing 50 years of service and none rely on a nuclear propulsion scheme so prevelant to frontline naval forces. The frigate fleet is made up of just a pair of nearly fifty-year-old hulls while corvette strength totals seven units - again, many of which are past their useful hull lives. The mine warfare fleet consists of a single hull. The OPV force is, by far, the most impressive with some 157 total vessels available - again, many of the hulls well beyond their 'best used by' dates. Torpedo boats and gun boats also make up part of the coastal fighting strength of the country.
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